Confession of an Asian StyleHolic

Japanese Film Festival 2009

My dinner for the night is only fresh soy bean. Thanks to Japanese Embassy.


I was invited to the Official Opening of Japanese Filem Festival and all I want to eat is all the sushi’s!  I was quite excited (shameless confession) when I found out that the caterer is Xenri, one of the best Japanese restaurant in town. But the only thing that I munched is the green fresh soy bean. I guess I am on the healthy moment now. FYI, my date to the event, Farrah Jayden having a basket of drum sticks at Chillis before the even!

The Festival was officiating by Japan Ambassador to Malaysia, Masahiko HORIE. I am so impressed because he presents the opening speech in Malay. He told that he is been staying in Malaysia for about a year and he is trying very hard to learn Malay. You did it well Ambassador Horie! I am proud of you.

There are few local familiar faces at the ceremony like Yasmin Ahmad. She looks simple and presentable in cotton baju kurung. You carry it well Kak Yasmin!

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The movie that was screened on that opening night is, The Departure. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at 2009 Oscar. The story is about Daigo Kobayashi , a cellist in an orchestra in  Tokyo, loses his job because of dissolution of the orchestra. One day, he finds a classified ad entitled “Assisting departures” for an “NK Agency”. He goes to the job interview thinking it is for a job at a travel agency. But at the interview, he discovers that NK is an abbreviation for “encoffinment” and he is instead to assist the “departed”. The work include prepare the corpse for the death. It was a taboo in Japanese culture for those who work in that area. Daigo proves that he can do it because he has talent in dealing with corpse.

I can say that it is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It was carefully produce with lot of humor, sad and an award winning act! Plus the movie show the real Japanese lifestyle and culture. Very unique and truly amazing. To local film makers, remember, it is worth telling the world about our culture!

You should watch Departure!

For your information, Japanese Film Festival movie screening will be held at GSC Mid Valley and 1 Utama from 18 to 22 June and GSC Gurney Plaza from 26 to 28 June.


If you print and redeem this from the website, you can get free movie passes. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

Oh… I think I want to go to Japan lah!


June 16, 2009 - Posted by | Function | ,


  1. soya bean? edamame beans tu?..

    Comment by baiti | June 17, 2009

  2. that green soy bean is a must everytime I dine in at SushiKing masa kat KL…bila dah dok US ni, rebus sendiri..sbb nak makan kat kedai mahal nox!…ouch!

    One thing about the Japs is, they’ll make sure any reps they send to a certain country are at least capable of understanding , if not proficient, in the local languanges…kalau cakap melayu, siap ada loghat lagi depending on the negeri they were sent to…my experience in Japan dulu, interpreter kitorg cakap loghat Minang dgn fasihnya lagi..geli hati bila dengar..

    Comment by azzayd | June 17, 2009

  3. tak tau lah. pakai makan je.

    Comment by cutecarry | June 18, 2009

  4. yang penting ada yang verangan cakap english slang tak hengat dan ada satu kejadian mak dia marah anak dia cakap melayu. p pindah Hong kong lah!

    Comment by cutecarry | June 18, 2009

  5. hye.

    i dah tgk the departure tue. best sangat. memang patut menang award at oscar.

    p.s- i’m an avid reader of ur blog. thumbs up to you. good job. i liokee.

    Comment by anna hidayah | June 18, 2009

  6. Thanks Anna for reading my blog. I am very emo terharu (over tak hengat!) bila orang cakap or antar email or comment dalam blog “I am an avid reader of ur blog”. drama sangat hahahhaha… the feeling is for more exciting than shopping sampai dekat nak habis duit kat sale Calvin Klein. :p

    Again.. thanks.

    Comment by cutecarry | June 18, 2009

  7. Dear Bjork…as much as I feel honoured to be in yr blog..i would really appreciate if u cld replace my photos with a nicer ones. Come on dear…kan byk lagi gmbar2 aku yang menarik..dont drop my waterfacela…i look terribly fat in those photos…jatuh saham mak uolls…

    Comment by jayden | December 6, 2009

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